Friday 14 November 2014


US President Barack Obama has defended plans to use his overriding executive powers to push through changes to the nation's immigration system.
He said Congress had been given ample opportunity to come up with its own plan but had failed to act.

Republicans in Congress say such action would be beyond Mr Obama's authority.
His remarks follow media reports he plans to extend protection from deportation, potentially affecting as many as five million immigrants.

"There has been ample opportunity for Congress to pass a bipartisan immigration bill that would strengthen our borders, improve the legal immigration system and lift millions of people out of the shadows," he said.
"I said that if in fact Congress failed to act, I would use all the lawful authority I possess to try to make the system work better," he added.
"And that's going to happen before the end of the year."

Mr Obama added that as soon as Congress passed a bill he could sign, "any executive actions will be replaced".
But Republicans in Congress said the president should work with them.
"We're going to fight the president tooth and nail if he continues down this path," House Speaker John Boehner told reporters.

Mitch McConnell, the incoming Senate majority leader, urged the president to "work with us to try to find a way to improve our immigration system".

Reference: bbc

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